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NC State celebrates 70 years of nuclear engineering education
An early picture of the research reactor building on the North Carolina State University campus. The Department of Nuclear Engineering is celebrating the 70th anniversary of its nuclear engineering curriculum in 2020–2021. Photo: North Carolina State University
The Department of Nuclear Engineering at North Carolina State University has spent the 2020–2021 academic year celebrating the 70th anniversary of its becoming the first U.S. university to establish a nuclear engineering curriculum. It started in 1950, when Clifford Beck, then of Oak Ridge, Tenn., obtained support from NC State’s dean of engineering, Harold Lampe, to build the nation’s first university nuclear reactor and, in conjunction, establish an educational curriculum dedicated to nuclear engineering.
The department, host to the 2021 ANS Virtual Student Conference, scheduled for April 8–10, now features 23 tenure/tenure-track faculty and three research faculty members. “What a journey for the first nuclear engineering curriculum in the nation,” said Kostadin Ivanov, professor and department head.
Rong Kong, Jerome Spanier
Nuclear Science and Engineering | Volume 168 | Number 3 | July 2011 | Pages 197-225
Technical Paper | Geometric Convergence of Adaptive Monte Carlo Algorithms for Radiative Transport Problems Based on Importance Sampling Methods | dx.doi.org/10.13182/NSE10-29
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Importance sampling is a very well-known variance-reducing technique used in Monte Carlo simulations of radiative transport. It involves a distortion of the physical (analog) transition probabilities with the goal of causing events of interest in the computation to occur more frequently than in the analog process. This distortion is then compensated by a corresponding alteration of the estimating random variable in order to remove any bias from the estimates of quantities of interest. In this paper, we construct several families of estimators based on importance sampling methods to solve general transport problems and prove that the adaptive application of each estimator produces geometric convergence of the approximate solution. We also present numerical results that illustrate important elements of the theory.